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ESA to support the mission with its contributions.


The hope is that exploration will be fully under way by the end of the decade, said Parker. “By then, we will have had 30 years working on the International Space Station. We’ll get back to the moon during this decade and spend 15 to 20 years doing everything that needs to be done to explore the moon. Then we can think about the next step: going to Mars.”
This sounds increasingly like a substantial ongoing presence on the moon over the next 20 years.

Important milestones for the long term development of an emerging space economy will be:
(1) when the first in situ resources, such as power from moon based solar panels or water ice from lunar craters for water or rocket fuel, are produced to help development of the lunar base and
(2j in situ resources are exported for use elsewhere outside earth’s gravity well, such as to supply space tourism or other activity in close earth orbit.

Both of these milestones could provide significant momentum and dynamism for the emerging space economy as the the idea of in situ resources utilisation from a source beyond geosynchronous earth orbit becomes a reality for the first time.
Has anybody seen timelines for when these milestones could be reached?